Pfizer and Novartis have snagged a nod from the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices for their recently approved meningitis B vaccines. There's just one problem: It doesn't cover nearly as large a population as the pharma giants would like.
Novartis, at work on a cardio drug widely expected to bring in billions of dollars once approved, is working to tamp down concerns that the oral treatment could increase the risk of Alzheimer's disease, adding measures of brain function to an ongoing trial.
Japan's health ministry on Friday told the local unit of Swiss-based Novartis to suspend most sales operations for just over two weeks.
Pfizer and Novartis officially have a nod from the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) for their recently approved meningitis B vaccines. Problem is, it doesn't cover nearly as large a population as the pharma giants would like.
So far, the 2014 pharma deal blitz has continued right on into 2015. And cancer drugmaker Pharmacyclics could be the next company to keep it going.
Here's a new threat to Lucentis, the eye drug from Roche and Novartis. British doctors are calling for the National Health Service to routinely use Roche's cancer med Avastin to treat patients with wet age-related macular degeneration, rather than the much costlier Lucentis.
Going against the advice of its independent experts, the FDA approved Novartis' new blood cancer drug for patients with particularly deadly forms of multiple myeloma, looking past some serious safety issues and concerns about the drug's supporting data.
Pennsylvania's Merganser Biotech raised a $28 million A round with the help of Novartis Venture Fund, paying the company's way as it homes in on iron-related diseases.
Over the past year, Novartis has struck a pair of deals in Israel, snagging an option to buy Gamida Cell and a stake in BioLineRx.
The board of directors at GlaxoSmithKline voted to approve the last phase of a three-part deal with Novartis, transferring GSK's cancer drug portfolio to Novartis Healthcare Pvt, its Indian arm. Distribution rights were ceded in exchange for acquiring the Swiss-based company's vaccines portfolio.